A DOG'S PRAYER Treat me kindly , my beloved master,for no heart in all the world is moregrateful for kindness than the lovingheart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick,for although I should lick your hand between blows, your patience andunderstanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have be do.
Speak to me often, for your voice is world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal,no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow inthe warmest home in the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshipper.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food so that I may stay well to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.
And beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight,do not turn me away from you. Rather,hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I draw, my fate was every safest in your hands.--- Beth Norman Harris ---